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New additions planned for fair

A new attraction for the Salmon Arm Fall Fair will be the wobbly water balls, similar to the ones shown above, where people climb into a zippered ball, which is then inflated around the “rider,” who then tries to walk on water. - Photo contributed
A new attraction for the Salmon Arm Fall Fair will be the wobbly water balls, similar to the ones shown above, where people climb into a zippered ball, which is then inflated around the “rider,” who then tries to walk on water.
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Look for some new energy and excitement at this year’s fall fair.

Longtime fair commercial concession co-ordinator Lori Graham has been busy booking several participants – two of which will appeal to the young and young-at-heart.

Over at the midway, teens and the brave will be able to hop aboard the Kamikaze, a ride that consists of a single stationary tower, supporting two 16-passenger gondolas on rotating arms.

During the ride, passengers are swung backwards and forwards to build up momentum, before the gondola performs several inversions.

For those who like a gentler experience closer to the ground, Mark Gagnon will be bringing a bunch of wobbly water balls.

Climb into a zippered ball, which is then inflated around the “rider,” who then tries to walk on water – learning quickly that falling down can sometimes be great fun.

And Graham is looking for more concessions to operate both inside and outside the arena. Call her at 250-379-5185 or, leave a message at the office.

The Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association has a new board of directors: president – Phil Wright; 1st vice-president – Star McGregor; 2nd vice-president – Sandy Hyam; treasurer – Ellen Hammer; secretary – Maureen Hucul; directors – Bill Lynch, Joan O’Brien, Rick Hyam, Dan Brock, Kathy Crosbie, Patty Unterschulz and Cheryl Johnson.

The board is hoping to stretch the association’s profile beyond the fall fair.

The popular September event is just one of several the organization plans to host on the fairgrounds this year.

As well as expanding activities, the association would like to broaden membership, and extends a warm welcome to anyone who may be interested.

“We are looking for volunteers of all ages and walks of life who are passionate about agriculture, community events, the fair and maintaining green space in the heart of our community,” says Johnson, a rep of the association’s marketing committee. “We need volunteers who enjoy light carpentry, public relations, event planning, local history and creating lasting friendships.”

Back at the Fall Fair, conveners are also needed – one for Memory Lane and one for the Arts and Crafts division.

And look for more injections of new energy, changes and additions to this year’s version of the fair, plans for which will be revealed when they have been firmed up.

Enthusiastic volunteer co-ordinator Patty Unterschultz says there will also be incentives for this year’s crew. Call her at the fall fair office at 250-832-0422 and leave a message.

Everyone with an interest in getting involved is welcome to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5  at the Mountain Side Room at Bowers Funeral Home on Fifth Avenue SW.

For more information visit www.salmonarmfair.com or contact the association at  safallfair@shaw.ca.

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